JOPLIN, Mo. —
JOPLIN: Creation Station, 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Spiva Center for the Arts, 222 W. Third St. The after-school program is for students 6 to 12 years old. Cost: $5. Details: 417-623-0183.
JOPLIN: Annual chili dinner, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, First Gospel Workers Church, Maiden Lane and Perkins Street. Cost: $6. The all-you-can-eat meal includes chili or vegetable soup, dessert and drink. Proceeds will go to repairs at the church. Details: 417-781-3078 or 417-438-9954.
NEOSHO: Chess club, 3 p.m. Friday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
CARTHAGE: Heartland Concert Band rehearsal, 7 p.m. Monday, Carthage Middle School. The band is open to all musicians. Details: 417-649-6159.
JOPLIN: ÒA Little Mozart,Ó 7:30 p.m. Friday, Scottish Rite Cathedral. Produced by Heartland Opera Theatre. Tickets: $15. Details: 417-782-4953.
JOPLIN: Dogwood Trailblazers Walking Club, 5:30 p.m. today, St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 2423 W. 26th St. Details: 417-781-4474 or 417-624-0133.
JOPLIN: Tales for 2s and 3s, 9:30 a.m. today, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Fun for 4s and 5s, 10:30 a.m. today, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs and rhymes. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN: Baby Bookworms, 10 a.m. Tuesday, Joplin Public Library. The program includes stories, songs, group interaction and playtime for babies up to 3 months old. Details: 417-623-2184.
NEOSHO: Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Neosho/Newton County Public Library, 201 W. Spring St. Details: 417-451-4231.
SENECA: Story time, 10:30 a.m. today, Seneca Branch Library, 1216 Cherokee St. Details: 417-776-2705.
GALENA, KAN.: Second Saturday breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Galena Masonic Lodge, 210 Joplin St. Pancakes, sausage, eggs and biscuits and gravy will be served. Cost: $6; $3 for children.
JOPLIN: Single moms group, 6 p.m. today, Royal Heights United Methodist Church, 1612 Euclid Ave. Dinner at 6 p.m., fellowship 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Children welcome, food and games provided. Details: 624-3366.
JOPLIN: Everyday Earth Day Celebration, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Suzanne's Natural Foods, 3106 S. Connecticut Ave. The event will include a health fair, gardening and recycling workshops, activities for children, and live music by the Green Earth Band. Details: 417-781-0909.
JOPLIN: Lego Club, 2 p.m. Sunday, Joplin Public Library. Participants may build creations with the library's Lego bricks. Details: 417-623-2184.
JOPLIN, Mo. —
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Special projects help teens, tweens take advantage of spring break
Spring break is set to start next week for several schools throughout the region, including Joplin and Pittsburg, Kan. In a prelude to summer, kids will get a chance to unwind and relax a bit before entering the school year's home stretch.
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- Parents' planner (March 13-19)
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Cyndi Cogbill learned about polymer clay years ago when she used to work at Prairie State Park. The material let her make replicas of Indian trade beads for presentations about history at the park.
Sarah Coyne: Patience allows kids to solve own problems
I could see my toddler's problem. His towers were too close together; his tiny little hands couldn't maneuver between them and any move he made would bring them all down at once. If I simply scooted the towers on each end further away, he'd be fine.
Hook, line and singer: Songwriting duo to teach its craft before concert
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Sarah Coyne: Pampering selves helps parents survive winter
I don't care what the calendar says. February is actually the longest month of the Midwestern year.
Model parents: Movie taps into love of Legos shared with children
Wendy Wolf hasn't seen "The Lego Movie" yet. But in a way, she's lived it. She has built all sorts of things with her children Keith and Ariel, and heard the rustling clatter of Lego bricks long after bedtime when they were growing up.
- Parents' planner (Feb. 13-19)
Aisha Sultan: Sadly, teaching kids to cower is easier than convincing Congress
She and several other thespians volunteered last month to help recreate a school shooting as part of an active intruder drill. It gave school officials, teachers and first responders a chance to practice what would happen in such a worst-case scenario.
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